Finding your next job can have different “looks” and can consume different amounts of time depending on the urgency of your search and your circumstances. Here are some suggestions to help you in your search.
Build a good Resume
There are many opinions on what constitutes a good resume; here are some general points.
- Accurate chronology of employment (dates, locations, position titles, etc)
- Easy to read (perhaps use bullet points)
- Lists accomplishments and detail the financial and/or business impact
- Have correct grammar, punctuation and tense (written in 1st person)
- Address the job you are applying for
Try to connect
Technology allows candidates a variety of resources to connect with companies and their hiring staff. . It doesn’t hurt to email or call the recruiter or hiring manager and let them know you are interested in a specific position.
Know Your Resume
It isn’t uncommon for a candidate to be unfamiliar with the details on their resume. As a result, when a recruiter or hiring manager asks a question from the resume, the candidate is unable to provide a direct answer and can hurt your interview. The easiest way to “know” your resume is to create it and maintain it yourself. In addition, be certain that the details included in your resume are activities and actions that you are/were directly responsible for.
Take the time
Starting your job search can take time and if you take time to start it correctly, the chances of you finding your next position sooner, rather than later, increases significantly. Take the time to update and review your resume and your LinkedIn profile, post your resume on different job boards, connect with some recruiters, join a few LinkedIn groups that are in the industry you are trying to work in. Take the time to set up job alerts on job boards and the companies you have an interest in working for.
Make the Time
Searching for a new position is a process and can involve a significant amount of time. It is important to make time to manage your job search by responding to alert notifications, searching for open jobs and applying, and following up on previous communications and applications.
It is also important to make the time to multiply your research as you go through the process. As you search companies, position titles, and respond to emails you will learn about different places to search for jobs and companies you haven’t applied to; incorporating these into your search will multiply your resources.
You will also need to make time to modify your search. Perhaps you came across alternate job titles or companies you haven’t contacted so you will need to make changes to your search in order to optimize it as move through the process.
An active job search can already be a daunting task without adding additional administrative components, but tracking the positions you apply to and the people you speak with is a great way to stay organized and helps to optimize your time and search. Just remember to keep your tracking simple and easy to manage.
Use Your Tools
There are many tools you can use for your job search make an effort to use the resources you already know and research new ones. Below are some tools to get started with.
- Vertex Talent Solutions
- Dice.com (technical)
- Twitter (you can follow companies)
- Facebook (many companies post jobs on Facebook)
- LinkedIn Groups
- Industry Groups
- Professional Groups
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